Lindh funeral packs Stockholm

Sept. 19, 2003 at 7:32 AM
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Hundreds of dignitaries from around the world convened Friday for a memorial service in Stockholm for the country's slain Foreign Minister Anna Lindh.

The British, French, German and Greek foreign ministers are among the mourners, as well as European Commission President Romano Prodi, the BBC reported.

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was due to attend but was forced to cancel because of the extreme weather caused by Hurricane Isabel.

The red-bricked City Hall, venue of Nobel Peace Prize award banquets, was bedecked with blue delphiniums -- Lindh's favorite color -- and white floral sprays and candles as the Stockholm Chamber Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra played classical music.

Standing in front of a large picture of a smiling Anna Lindh, Swedish Prime Minister Goeran Persson paid an emotional tribute to his former cabinet colleague.

"We have lost her, this is so, and this awareness hurts so dreadfully," he told the mourners.

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